Women Should Be Ministers

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THESIS: Should women be permitted to lead religious worship, such as music; should women be permitted to be a pastor; should women be allowed to hold a high administrative office; should women be allowed to serve and care for others? Women are human beings, and all humans were created to serve each other; however, mankind may have culturally set barriers and limitations on women which would not benefit women to serve in certain roles.
I. Views of Women Ministers A. Traditional View B. Complimentarian -- Male Leadership C. Pluralism
II. Biblical Examples of Women in Ministry A. Miriam -- Minister of Worship -- Exodus 15:20 B. Deborah -- Judge and Prophetess -- Judges 4:4-5 C. Anna -- Lived in the Temple -- Luke 2:36-38
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There are various views of women in ministry. Some of these views are very conservative while others are very liberal and then there are those that trail the middle of the road. There are three major views, The most conservative view is the traditional view. The traditionalists believe that male and female were created differently and should hold different roles. They hold strong to Genesis 3:16, "Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you". Another Scripture that this group uses is 1Timothy 2:12, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man, she must be quiet" (Calagna, Paragraph 4). The second view that is a little less traditional is the complimentarian view or male leadership view. This view does believe both male and female were created in the image of God, but the male is still in authority. The women are permitted to teach other women, children, and sometimes males if they are under the authority of male leadership (Calagna, Paragraph 5). The third view is pluralism. Those who believe this view understand that at creation Adam and Eve shared equal authority and submitted to each other. It was the disobedience in the garden that brought about the curse in which females had to start submitting to males. When Jesus died on the cross, this curse was broken. Therefore, ministry does not depend on gender but it depends on one's ability and gifts given from God. (Calagna, Paragraph 1) The view that a person

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